A longtime local officer who worked his way up the chain of command will take over next month as Upper Arlington's police chief on an interim basis.

A longtime local officer who worked his way up the chain of command will take over next month as Upper Arlington's police chief on an interim basis.

Upper Arlington City Manager Ted Staton announced Dec. 22 that Upper Arlington Police Division Lt. Ernie Ankrom has been named interim police chief.

Ankrom will take leadership of the division Jan. 10, when current Chief Brian Quinn retires to become chief of operations overseeing the Ohio Strategic Analysis and Information Center in the Office of Homeland Security.

A press release from Staton's office said Ankrom "has extensive experience in all facets of the police division's operations and has stepped in as acting police chief on numerous occasions when Chief Quinn has been out of office."

It also stated a search for the next full-time police chief will begin "early in the new year."

A 31-year veteran of the UAPD, Ankrom said he doesn't expect to vie for the full-time position.

"Basically, I'm just minding the store," he said. "I've been here 31 years already, almost 32.

"I don't have a whole lot longer left (until retirement)."

Ankrom joined the UAPD in 1984 and was promoted to sergeant in 1996.

He became a lieutenant in 2000, and also served as interim chief between former Chief Dwight Holcomb's retirement in August 2005 and Quinn's promotion to chief in November that year.

In addition to his longevity, Ankrom said he has comprehensive knowledge of the UAPD's operations because he has supervised each of the division's three bureaus in recent years.

"I met with the city manager and I said I would be comfortable taking it over," he said. "Hopefully, the guys have enough trust in me that I can take over the job and we can continue to operate as we have.

"As interim chief, you usually don't make any wholesale changes," he said.

Ankrom will continue to oversee the UAPD's Patrol Bureau, the largest bureau in the division, in addition to serving as interim chief.